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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Blog as Dissertation Literature Review?

The Blog as Dissertation Literature Review?
Can a certain type of academic blogging be a more adequate form of literature review than the traditional chapter in a dissertation? In this post, I employ the rubric proposed by Boote et al. (2005) to determine whether blogging can be considered a form of literature review. I also make some suggestions for how blogging may be incorporated formally into the research and writing activities of some doctoral students, although it certainly might not be useful to others. I am not suggesting that this single post is my literature review; I am merely providing a map that outlines how my blogging during the past years constitutes a form of ongoing literature review. (Via i d e a n t.)
This is a topic I have a great deal of interest in, and of course I found it worth passing on here (as opposed to in my FURL archive). I noted that Constance Steinkuehler used her web space as a part of her formal dissertation. Though this wasn't exactly a blog, it got me thinking along the same lines as Ulises at ideant. I definitely need to spend more time with his detailed post, too.

I would love to hear any comments any of you may have on this topic.

3 Comments:

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Jean-Claude Bradley said...

Cite the information where you find it. If it is from a blog so be it. I suspect that a lot of the info you'll be looking for will only be found in blogs.

 
At 9:38 PM, Blogger Mark Wagner said...

What I thought was interesting about this was the possibility of using the blog *as* literature review. That would sure make a natural transition for my work, though it would still require a good deal more (and more rigorous) writing here... and given my passion for the read/write web the past year and a half or so, I think it would be a powerful motivator for me - and a way to merge two elements of ed tech I've focused on during my phd process.

 
At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very original and interesting idea. However, will the academic world open and tolerant enough to allow quotes and citations from blogs, from ordinary, real-life people who know it best but who don't necessary have any academic background?

 

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